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Exceptions: Some high-end models and lap steels from 1939-1940 have been added the letter A, to the prefixes D, E or F.
Factory Order numbers with a letter from 1952 to 1961.
The letter preceding the batch number in the FON, and indicates the year of production. Y1234 23 This were used from 1952 to 1961 on archtop models and stamped on the inside of the F-hole. An ink-stamped number from the back of the headstock. No serial numbers were used, Gibson just started therewith in 1953.
The batch number, the first four digits of the FON, followed by a one or two-digit number. The first digit of the serial number is the last digit of the year.
Another exception to the above rules is in the autumn from 1958, where a some Les Paul Juniors and Specials had a four-digit serial number. From 1970 to 1975, the 6-digit serial numbers randomly generated.
In a random sequence numbers were stamped on the back of the headstock. In 1970, the orange labels in the body of acoustic guitars were replaced by white with orange rectangular labels.
The electrical models were provided with a rectangular with black and purple triangle.
It was also from 1970 "MADE IN USA" stamped on the back of the headstock.
(G = Gibson, K = Kalamazoo, W = Recording King (Montgomery Wards).